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Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on the market. Where the name Umnum comes from, we have no idea. Google didn’t tell us anything. The only umnum we found is a tiny village in the West Papua province of Indonesia. But that region is too cold to grow tobacco, and only the Nicaragua blend uses some Indonesian tobacco.

There are two blends. The first one is a Nicaraguan puro. I reviewed the Umnum Nicaragua Bond some time ago. The second blend is the Umnum Honduras. It’s made at an undisclosed factory in Honduras. The wrapper is Honduran with a Mexican binder. The filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Honduras. The robusto measures 5×50 but there are several other sizes available. From a Petit Corona called Bond to a 4¾x60 Jumbo and a few more in between.

The cigar doesn’t look like a cheap cigar. The ring is beautiful. Matte Black with a shiny copper-colored logo of a traditional image, probably Mayan. The wrapper itself is Colorado colored and has the looks of Corojo. Dryish, with the feel of fine sandpaper. The veins are thin. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is medium strong. It has forests smell with a hint of something like old urine. It’s not the most pleasant aroma we ever experienced, but also not the worst.

The cold draw is fine but has that dried dusty flavor of Connecticut Shade. Once lit there is a strong coffee flavor, slightly acidic. The flavor is a little rough around the edges. The coffee and acidity remain, but now with some sweetness, dried leaves, and musty wood. At the end of the first third, the cigar has a very unpleasant flavor. The sour flavor is ruining everything else. The second third is musty, dried leaves, and a little harsh. The acidity is still there but at a tolerable level. There is a bit of a burned wood and nuts flavor as well. The final third starts with peanuts. The acidity is completely gone. There is a bit more sweetness. The cigar completely changes from bad to great. A nice, balanced combination of black pepper, sweetness, leather, wood, coffee, and nuts. 

The construction is great. The draw, the burn, and the smoke are of high quality. Straight burn, although we had to correct it once, halfway. Thick, white smoke. Good draw. White ash. The flavors are medium to full. But not well rounded, too acidic. But the last third is a game-changer. It’s day and night. The smoke time is three hours fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Based on the first and second third, no. Based on the final third, yes.

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Umnum Nicaragua Bond

Umnum Nicaragua Bond. Our motto is quality over quantity. Being the spoiled cigar aficionados that we are, we usually don’t smoke budget cigars. It’s better to smoke less but higher quality in our opinion. But not everybody feels that way considering how many budget cigars are being sold worldwide every single year. And of course, there are budget cigars that are of high quality. And there are premium cigars that offer low quality. But on the average, budget means lower quality. The ‘you get what you pay for’ saying is often true for cigars of low value.


This Umnum comes from the same people that are behind Condega. And Condega is a budget cigar that offers quality, see our review of the Condega Serie F Maduro. The Umnum line is even more affordable. It comes in three sizes, and this Bond is the smallest. It’s made with Nicaraguan filler and wrapper. The binder comes from Indonesia. It measures 4½x44 and comes packed in bundles of 25.


The cigar doesn’t have a budget look. A beautiful black ring with a golden image that reminds us of carvings in Egyptian pyramids. The quality of the ring is much more than expected from such a cheap cigar. Good, thick paper, good quality printing. And the wrapper looks good too. Dark and leathery. There aren’t a lot of veins. The construction feels good and the triple cap looks nice. The cigar has a strong smell, a mixture of dark chocolate and cocoa aromas.


The cold draw is good. It tastes like hay with low-quality cocoa. The first puffs are sour, and then some toasted flavors show up with a little sweetness. There is some pepper as well. The cigar slowly gets an old wood flavor. The sourness transforms into a fruity and citrus acidity while the pepper grows in strength. The second third starts with citrus and chocolate, leather and soil. The milk chocolate grows in strength, it is more American milk chocolate than European milk chocolate. And that is not a compliment. The pepper is still growing. The final third starts with pepper, leather, and more sweetness. There is a faint hazelnut flavor as well.


The draw is great. The ash is white. The burn had to be corrected. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar. Even though it’s a small cigar, it packs a punch. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, but if someone gives me one I’ll smoke it

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